Mum lied about terminal cancer to rake in £22,000 from well-wishers on Facebook

A mum has admitted lying about having terminal cancer to rake in £20,000 from well-wishers, reports say.

Megan Scotcher, 27, falsely claimed she had months to live after hospital scans revealed seven tumours in her lungs on Facebook.

She had suffered from cancer but was cured with chemotherapy and surgery then lied about a hospital check-up last July.

On Thursday Scotcher, of Ripley, Derbyshire pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by false representation, The Sun reports.

She appeared at Nottingham Crown Court by video link before sentencing was adjourned to September for psychiatric reports.

It was reported that the mum-of-two falsely claimed her cancer had returned and had been told by doctors that because of previous treatments, her organs had been too badly damaged for another round of chemotherapy.

Shocked relatives and friends began to raise money so Scotcher could have a good quality of life in her final months with her sons Cole and Archie aged eight and two.

She said at the time: "I'm absolutely devastated – more so for my children. With the youngest, it's quite difficult because he wouldn't really understand.

"And with my eldest, he knows that I'm poorly but at the minute he doesn't know the full extent."

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The father of Ms Scotcher's son Archie set up a Gofundme page when he heard the news, with an original target of £500 but in days had raised £12,000.

Another well-wisher raised £2,500 by completing a 1,000km bike ride – with the total sum raised reaching £22,000.

Scotcher had said she would use the money to create "holiday memories" for her children and split the remaining cash between them after she had gone.

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She spoke at the time of her amazement as donations poured in: "It's unbelievable – I can't get over people's generosity, to be honest.

"It's been mind-blowing. It's really amazing how people can come together – I still can't get over it now.

"We've been looking at nice log cabins and different places where the boys can go with the bikes. It will create some really nice memories with them."

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Police began to investigate after a relative had spoken to medical staff at the hospital where Scotcher claimed she was being treated.

Scotcher was arrested in March, this year and charged with one offence of fraud by false representation.

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